The DEP Citizens Advisory Council this week elected John Walliser, Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, to serve as Council Chair.
John guides legal and policy efforts for PEC. In addition, John assists in program development and management in PECâ€™s Western Regional Office. Most recently he has been active in developing Marcellus Shale policy for PEC.
He has represented PEC in numerous stakeholder and partnership efforts, and serves on the Board of several other conservation and recreation initiatives.
John received both his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and has been published on the subjects of conservation easements and environmental law.
The Council’s mission, as defined by statute, is to:
- perform non-partisan, independent oversight of the operations, management and policy of the Department of Environmental Protection;
- evaluate environmental issues and laws;
- participate in the development of environmental regulations; and
- provide advice concerning environmental matters to the Department, the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Commonwealth’s federal representatives.